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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
10 Discontinued Snacks

10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
25 Reasons

25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh - who didn’t want to... 
Comic-con Kid

9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

I am a comic book geek and so is my seven-year-old daughter. Before we start pointing fingers, let me just say that I blame myself for her condition. When you raise a child in a house filled with comic books, where the living room bookcase has Two-Face book-ends and your art supplies are kept in Hellboy... 
2013 Commercials

Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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Mario Dad & Son

If there’s a God, Andy Baio is doing his or her work.

Andy, a 37 year old dude from Portland, Oregon, has his priorities right. While the rest of us are content to plop our kids down in front of whatever the most recent video game is, Baio wanted to know what would happen if he ran his son through the history of video games from past to present.

I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to leap through the computer and hug the crap out of Andy when I first read this story.

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Bus Dad Kiss

A father in China whose “intimate behavior” with his daughter on a bus has been absolved of all wrongdoing in a statement by the police. The father’s actions were recorded by another person on the Zhuhai City bus and posted online with the title “Is this the girl’s father?”

When you see the behavior in question, you might be shocked and disgusted. But probably just because you can’t believe a dad showing affection to his daughter is being called into question like this.

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Guard Your Grill

Fatherhood is dangerous – just ask a testicle.

A study of 2,000 fathers in England found that dads are hurt to the tune of 22 injuries a year. Most of the injuries are related to the kids – whether it’s during play with them or tripping over a toy left behind. Or having their child speedbag their scrotum during a play-fight.

The struggle is real.

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In this week’s episode, we nerd out over all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and a teensy bit about Jurassic World).

 

We mentioned these:

Jurassic World Trailer (YouTube)

Paddington Bear Trailer (YouTube)

FX2 Trailer (YouTube)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (YouTube)

John Boyega’s Classy Response to Racist Critics (The Verge)

Andy Serkis Personally Confirms He’s The Voice In Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Comic Book)

First Look at the Stormtroopers From Star Wars Episode VII (Indie Revolver)

The 501st Legion

The Rebel Legion

Colbert Nation: The Lightsaber Controversy

The Star Wars 7 Ending Just Might Ruin Your Childhood (Cinema Blend)

The Humble Bundle

 

Did you like the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer? Are you psyched to see the movie when it comes out?

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Perfect Moment Crying

Fatherhood is really something sometimes.

Tonight, my son and I found ourselves crying into each other over a video game theme song. And it was a perfect moment.

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PlayStation 20

This week marked 20 years since the release of the Sony PlayStation. Gaming’s come a long way, but I have too – I’m now married and I have a five year old son. I’ve lived during the lifespans of four Sony PlayStation consoles and a handheld. But somehow, this isn’t the only gaming birthday that shows my age.

When I heard that the PlayStation turned 20, I thought about what I was doing back then. I was sitting in my friend’s living room, playing the “PlayStation Picks” demo disc – featuring games like Jumping Flash, ESPN Xtreme Games and Wipeout. I was playing a CD-based system for only the second time – the first, of course, was the SEGA CD, which next October will be 23 years old.

If you sit and think about all of the video game birthdays that pass by every year, it’ll break your brain.

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Fear the Beard

Luke Hughett is such a devout lumbersexual hipster that he actually got to a point where he had to decide between his beard and his baby. And thank your lucky mandolins he chose his baby.

But the New York dad (who liked it a lot better when it was New Amsterdam) wasn’t going to let his beard get shaved off, just to die in a trashcan. Oh no. What are you…crazy? Some crazy, city-dwelling future boy? Yeah, you are, aren’t you?!

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Prank Freakout

If your spouse pranked you and had you thinking that they’d just accidentally killed your son, what would you do?

YouTube prankster Roman Atwood did, and now he’ll be sleeping on the couch.

Atwood pretended to throw his son over a second-floor railing in their Los Angeles, California home. The wife freaks out, cries, runs downstairs and discovers the prank after ripping the mask off of the dummy thought to be her son…

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